Gals, throw on those poodle skirt dresses, and guys, get out those tight white T-shirts and blue jeans for a night of late ’50s and early ’60s fun at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.
The Arts Leadership Alliance is throwing their second fundraiser featuring the legendary Temptations Revue. Also included will be a quick draw painting and sculpture display, car show, dinner and art auction.
"It’s going to be a great event; we’re really looking forward to it," said Anne Langely, ALA president. "It’s the only fundraiser for our organization, and we’ve got great support from the community."
The event begins at 5 p.m. outside the theater with the quick draw, an hour-long exercise involving six painters and one sculptor who will produce art while on display in a one-hour period to be auctioned off after dinner.
Onlookers will also be treated to a car show put on by the Clutch Burners car club on Central Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets that will be blocked off to traffic as part of the Grand Theatre’s one-year anniversary weekend.
Dinner, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will consist of five different restaurant choices served by Checkers Catering, with four separate bars available.
"It will be ’50s diner food with a very high-end flair to it," said Kim Scarlata, who will run the art auction. "Checkers produces a fabulous menu of food."
The Avenue of the Arts auction will follow with paintings, cases of wine from local vineyards and a weeklong vacation in Carmel among an assortment of other prizes.
Last, but certainly not least, one of the most successful groups in music history and three-time Grammy Award winners, The Temptations, will play at 8:30 p.m.
"Who would’ve thought, in little Tracy, California, that we’d have The Temptations," said Gala chairwoman Kelly Kagehiro. "You don’t have to drive to San Francisco or San Jose. They’re playing in our town. To say that we’re thrilled is an understatement"
The tickets are $145 — $105 less than the price of the theater’s 2007 opening engagement, when Linda Ronstadt played.